Reds promote Williams to GM as part of succession plan

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have promoted Dick Williams to general manager as part of a ”succession plan” for 64-year-old Walt Jocketty, who will stay on as director of baseball operations for now.

Williams is 44 and has been in the Reds’ front office for the last 10 years, most recently as assistant general manager.

Jocketty has been the Reds’ general manager for the past eight seasons. He and former manager Dusty Baker led the Reds to the playoffs three times before Baker was fired. The Reds finished last in the NL Central and second-worst in the major leagues with 98 losses last season, their poorest finish since 1982.

The Reds have announced that manager Bryan Price will return for the third year on his contract.

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